Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Day Inspiration!!!

Happy May Day everyone!!!  For those of you in the upper Midwest and northern Great Plains you have snow this morning!  Really????  Did someone forget to tell the weatherman there is suppose to be no SNOW in May!  That really dampens the fun of delivering baskets today!

I always love the first day of the month!  Challenges for the month are going up everywhere and it's so much fun to see the creativity.  No exceptions here as my two challenges went up this morning on ACOT.

The Heritage Challenge this month is to scrap a heritage layout about the arts and you can find it here.  And my example is an incredible photo to have the opportunity to scrap!  A photo of my maternal great-grandmother in a stage production at Howard Seminary School in West Bridgewater, MA dated 1885.  I wish I knew what the production was.  She is far left standing looking at camera.

I love once again pairing Bo Bunny Gabrielle up with Graphic 45.  This is the second time I've done this.  I find jut the thought of using these two companies together an odd pairing as they are so opposite of each other in design.  I spent some time fussy cutting some of the elements for the layout using the paper from G45  Once Upon a Springtime Fairy Folk.  I have to admit I just love love the Martha Stewart new Circle Edge Punch System!  So much fun!  I loved using it for this layout and it's comes as a kit with the base!  What is even more fun is I get two punches Circle Edge Punches every quarter from HSN to my ever ongoing expanding Martha Stewart punch collection!  I love HSN's auto ship!!!

The other challenge I host at ACOT is the 4x4 Challenge.  A super fun challenge for me!  I remember the first one I did and it was almost to the point of excruciating to get it done with so little.  Now it's fun to see how detailed I can get with so little.  This month is the first time I used more then one photo for the challenge and used Nuts About Sketches #263 to do the layout.

Most of the product I used for this layout was Basic Grey Out of Print with some Little Yellow Bicycle, October Afternoon, Tattered Angels Pink Lady Glimmer Glaze thrown in.  Alphas came from Quickutz Zoe Unicase Alphabet and Martha Stewart's String Lace straight edge punch.  The photo is of spring calves in late March or Early April '09.  I still have another layout of 5 or 6 photos from 2009 of spring calves to scrap, too!  To my many northern cattle friends, I know this year your spring calving has been wrought with worry over the arrival of calves due to winter just not letting go.  I've only had to deal with that type of inclement weather with newborns a couple of times  Yet again, you wonder how we make it through our's called the right type of cow as in Brahma in the pedigrees and Texas Longhorns do well in that type of  hot, too!  We are fortunate to have our Lowline Angus herd adapt to our summer weather but it is so much harder on them then with our Brahma influenced beef herd.

I hope you will stop by two of my favorite sites on the web, Nuts About Sketches and ACOT!  If your an avid scrapper and love online crops then come join in the fun in ACOT's community for the NSD Crop on Saturday, May 4th.  Unfortunately I will not attend until the evening if I'm not totally worn out as we are hosting a Field Day at the ranch this Saturday with about 200 people expected!

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